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Côte d'Ivoire + 1 more

Côte d'Ivoire: Medical needs rise as violence subsides

While the major violence may have subsided in Ivory Coast over the past month, medical needs are said to be at critical levels. Doctors Without Borders [MSF] says health centers and hospitals are overwhelmed and drug supplies in Abidjan are dangerously low. “Clearly, the emergency remains and the...

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World + 1 more

Children take disaster risk reduction into their own hands

Child activists attending a Conference on Global Disaster Risk Reduction are urging governments to endorse an action plan to minimize the impacts of natural disasters on their lives. More than 600 children in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America were consulted by child advocacy...

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China

China: Communities transformed three years on from Sichuan earthquake

By Francis Markus in China Three years after an 8-magnitude earthquake devastated huge areas of China’s Sichuan Province, leaving more than 87,000 people dead and millions displaced, the region has made an impressive recovery. A massive reconstruction programme undertaken by the Red Cross Red...

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Libya

Libya: How online mapping helped crisis response

NAIROBI, 12 May 2011 (IRIN) - Soon after the Libyan crisis broke, decision-makers and humanitarian workers faced a critical challenge: lack of information about events inside the country. Within hours, Andrej Verity, information management officer at the UN Office for the Coordination of...

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Afghanistan + 22 more

UN report warns of disturbing trend of attacks against schools during armed conflicts

UN report warns of disturbing trend of attacks against schools during armed conflicts An increasing number of parties to armed conflicts around the world are deliberately attacking schools or forcing them to close in a disturbing and growing trend, according to a United Nations report released...

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Over 1 billion tons of food lost or wasted every year, UN-backed report finds

Cutting food waste to feed the world. Over a billion tonnes squandered each year Rome - Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted, according to an FAO-commissioned study. The document, Global...

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Algeria + 1 more

Protracted Sahrawi displacement: Challenges and opportunities beyond encampment

The brief analyses the challenges and opportunities -- after 35 years of protracted displacement and encampment -- for the Sahrawi refugees, their political representatives and international actors. The paper challenges assumptions and representations of conditions and dynamics in the camps. Dr...

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Philippines

Philippines: Time to prepare for the typhoons

MANILA, 11 May 2011 (IRIN) - At the peak of the summer season, tropical storm Aere caught many unprepared. Almost 400,000 people were affected and 24 people lost their lives, the country's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council [...

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National drought policies wanted

JOHANNESBURG, 11 May 2011 (IRIN) - Few countries have policies in place to manage the impact of droughts that “remain a hidden risk”, are “poorly understood”, and over the last century have claimed millions of lives, says a Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2011 (GAR 2011)....

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Italy + 2 more

Unaccompanied children fleeing North Africa for Europe risk starvation, thirst and death by drowning

Unaccompanied children as young as 12 are risking their lives as they flee political instability in North Africa in migrant boats bound for Europe, Save the Children has warned. 120 lone children are at a reception centre on the Italian island of Lampedusa after making a potentially deadly journey...

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New global initiative seeks to advance disaster preparedness

Towards A Safer World launched to capture lessons from pandemic preparedness to help disaster professionals better plan, coordinate and respond to all types of disasters Rome, ITALY - May 10, 2011 — The United Nations System for Influenza Coordination (UNSIC) and the U.S. Agency for International...

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Libya

Libya: Some aid reaching Misrata, but needs still high

NAIROBI, 10 May 2011 (IRIN) - More aid has arrived in the western Libyan city of Misrata, with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delivering medical supplies, spare parts to repair water and electrical supply systems and baby food by ship. Civilians evacuated from Misrata, which is...

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Economic disaster losses increasing, threatening all regions, rich and poor countries, warns new United Nations report

Geneva, Tuesday 10 May – Disaster-related economic losses are increasing across all regions, critically threatening the economies of low-income countries and even outstripping wealth creation across many of the world’s richer nations, says a United Nations report titled Revealing Risk,...

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Bosnia and Herzegovina + 1 more

Bosnia and Herzegovina facing worst crisis in years, Security Council hears

Bosnia and Herzegovina is facing its worst crisis since fighting stopped in 1995, with no prospect of a new state government being formed, a stalled economy and a direct threat from Republika Srpska to the country’s very existence, the Security Council heard today. Valentin Inzko, the High...

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Bolivia + 7 more

Children and disasters: Understanding impact and enabling agency

Children are highly vulnerable to disasters, in part because of their particular stage of physiological and social development. Powerful forces of nature such as earthquakes, cyclones and tsunamis can have serious immediate and long-term impacts on human health, property and livelihoods, which can...

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